Repeal the legal requirement on state maintained schools in England and Wales to practice ‘daily collective worship’ of a ‘broadly Christian character’

Under statute law, guided by Department for Education guidance in the form of Circular 1/94 (Circular 10/94 in Wales), state maintained schools in England and Wales must provide 'daily collective worship' of a 'broadly Christian character'. The only exception to this are religious schools for which such worship is required but may be in line with the particular faith of that school. This law should be repealed immediately and non-religious state funded schools should have no requirement on them to facilitate worship which is, after all, a private and not a public matter. This in no way affects schools's opportunities or obligations to teach children about religion and faith issues, which is a matter of education and not preaching or worship.

Why is this idea important?

Under statute law, guided by Department for Education guidance in the form of Circular 1/94 (Circular 10/94 in Wales), state maintained schools in England and Wales must provide 'daily collective worship' of a 'broadly Christian character'. The only exception to this are religious schools for which such worship is required but may be in line with the particular faith of that school. This law should be repealed immediately and non-religious state funded schools should have no requirement on them to facilitate worship which is, after all, a private and not a public matter. This in no way affects schools's opportunities or obligations to teach children about religion and faith issues, which is a matter of education and not preaching or worship.

Repeal the legal requirement on state maintained schools in England and Wales to practice ‘daily collective worship’ of a ‘broadly Christian character’

Under statute law, guided by Department for Education guidance in the form of Circular 1/94 (Circular 10/94 in Wales), state maintained schools in England and Wales must provide 'daily collective worship' of a 'broadly Christian character'. The only exception to this are religious schools for which such worship is required but may be in line with the particular faith of that school. This law should be repealed immediately and non-religious state funded schools should have no requirement on them to facilitate worship which is, after all, a private and not a public matter. This in no way affects schools's opportunities or obligations to teach children about religion and faith issues, which is a matter of education and not preaching or worship.

Why is this idea important?

Under statute law, guided by Department for Education guidance in the form of Circular 1/94 (Circular 10/94 in Wales), state maintained schools in England and Wales must provide 'daily collective worship' of a 'broadly Christian character'. The only exception to this are religious schools for which such worship is required but may be in line with the particular faith of that school. This law should be repealed immediately and non-religious state funded schools should have no requirement on them to facilitate worship which is, after all, a private and not a public matter. This in no way affects schools's opportunities or obligations to teach children about religion and faith issues, which is a matter of education and not preaching or worship.